Thursday, December 06, 2007
A perfect day for Christmas tree lights...
It is a very gloomy week here in Holland. It is grey and we have a cold rain that chills you to the bone. In December, you never seem to mind these days as you simply put on the Christmas tree lights and enjoy the glow. Even Dagi enjoys it as you can see! He loves to cuddle everyday but especially on chilly days.
Here is my Christmas tree. I started putting it up on Sunday evening and only just finished it this morning. I work in layers and love this full Victorian looking tree. I decided this year to add one more layer of wide organza ribbon to the outside running vertically. My tree has three layers of ribbon and a pearl garland. I think all this really makes it full and pretty. My tree at Cranberry cottage is the exact opposite with its pure simplicity.
Be sure to enlarge the photos for detail.
I have spent many years collecting just the right ornaments for this tree.
I add red and white poinsettias, berries and red tulips to the branches.
The bobbin lace schwibbogen is standing on the hutch this year. I normally have it against a wall to see the lace better but decided it would be nice to have the lights reflected in the hutch as I did not use lights on top of the hutch this year.
I am off to read the 6th Day of "The Christmas Mystery" by Jostein Gaarder. I just love this book and have had the tradition for a good number of Christmasses now to read a chapter a day. Each chapter is the description of a little Norwegian boy opening a new window on his magic advent calendar. To me this book has become my own advent calendar which I never tire of reading. Do you have any advent traditions?